Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Stories By Sunanda K Datta-Ray

We stand in need of security over freedom

We stand in need of security over freedom

Narendra Modi is not the only democratically elected ruler to be accused of undemocratic practices. Similar allegations are being levelle...Read More

Discrimination? No bar. UK has changed since

Discrimination? No bar. UK has changed since

While India is in a quandary over who is an Indian, a Bangladeshi or a Rohingya, the feats of two British Bengali girls -- Bhasha Mukherj...Read More

Retail & immigration: tricky for India, UK

Retail & immigration: tricky for India, UK

Britain’s exit from the European Union on October 31 is expected to impel Boris Johnson’s government to make fresh efforts to finalise a ...Read More

Boris Johnson

British democracy: We can emulate, but cannot match

Britain’s democracy in action as one prime minister smoothly and swiftly gave way to another this week was a reminder that India’s govern...Read More

Donald Trump’s racist tweets could be an election platform

Donald Trump’s racist tweets could be an election platform

The same tag would suffice for Donald Trump whose tirades against four American Congresswomen has earned a critical motion in the US House

The Trump-Kim Jong-un love affair won’t last long

The Trump-Kim Jong-un love affair won’t last long

India can’t complain if Donald Trump bestows de facto legitimacy on a nuclear-armed North Korea. This country benefited from a similar pi...Read More

Mamta Banerjee

Liberal renaissance alone can hold the country together

Two of Hinduism’s greatest deities, Ram and Hanuman, were profoundly insulted by a riotous mob of alleged Hindus in Jharkhand when 24-yea...Read More

Boris Johnson charming his way to become Britain’s ambassador

Boris Johnson charming his way to become Britain’s ambassador

When Narendra Modi visited Britain in 2015, David Cameron, then the British prime minister, tried to please him and – even more – the lak...Read More

Flames of communal passion fanned in Bengal

Flames of communal passion fanned in Bengal

Bets are being laid in Bengal on how long Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress government will last. The speculation is not on the outcome...Read More

New government must focus on neglected primary needs

New government must focus on neglected primary needs

It should have been a sobering thought amidst the frantic dance of democracy of these past weeks that India may soon have to cede space t...Read More

West Bengal: Red to Green and now saffron

West Bengal: Red to Green and now saffron

West Bengal’s move from Red to Green and now Saffron seems almost as heretical as if the Vatican turned into the Kremlin in the old Sovie...Read More

Will PM Modi take defeat in his stride?

Will PM Modi take defeat in his stride?

When I asked Indira Gandhi some time in 1978 why she had held the previous year when all the signs were that Congress had become extremel...Read More

Pluralism is the norm, no society can look away

Pluralism is the norm, no society can look away

India has been warned. Boasting of the world’s largest election doesn’t by itself usher in or establish democracy. No multi-religious, mu...Read More

Lynching: Toxic legacy of the last five years

Lynching: Toxic legacy of the last five years

We should have hung our heads in shame as the world’s greatest festival of democracy opened last month. Spared Sri Lanka’s devastating ex...Read More

If only politicians started fulfilling their promises

If only politicians started fulfilling their promises

If one of the thousands of Lok Sabha candidates were to ask what kind of India I would like after the, I would have no hesitation in sayi...Read More

Indore: Poll training given in locked rooms of colleges
Photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP

Free world is pulling down its shutters on dissent, diversity

The conviction of nine pro-democracy campaigners in Hongkong for leading the so-called “umbrella movement” (they held yellow umbrellas as...Read More

Donald Trump’s Golan Heights stand is a bad precedent for India

Donald Trump’s Golan Heights stand is a bad precedent for India

Narendra Modi’s friend, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu whom he is so proud to call by his nickname “Bibi”, and who faces nat...Read More

Religion to play a significant role in defining the Indian identity

Religion to play a significant role in defining the Indian identity

The controversy over the alleged abduction and forcible conversion of two minor girls in Sindh has put an end to one piece of make-believ...Read More

Indian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside Eidgah-Bilal, in Hyderabad on June 16, 2018. 
Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al Fitr which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, after the sighting of the new crescent moon. / AFP PHOTO / NOAH SEELAM

Muslims being demonised and must be avenged

The Christchurch resident who was quoted as saying “I’m really scared for our future” wasn’t speaking for Muslims or New Zealanders alone...Read More

Under the shadow of khaki and guns is no democracy

Under the shadow of khaki and guns is no democracy

Although Pakistan must be jubilant over the decision to exclude the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir state assembly from the polls scheduled f...Read More

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